Announcing to the OECS member states of Antigua &
Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent
& the Grenadines the Call for Expressions of Interest to join the OAS Women
Economic Empowerment (WEE) Project. This project targets women-owned and
women-led Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and is designed to empower
women to actively participate in and benefit from the digital economy and to
build sustainable livelihoods.
By participating in this project, women entrepreneurs will have
access to mechanisms and various opportunities for digitizing their businesses,
building an online presence, accessing financial services, accessing
international markets, among others. Cutting edge information on relevant
topics for business development as well as mentoring programs will be provided
and direct access to a MSME Clearinghouse which provides toolkits and resources
to access the digital economy, financial opportunities and partnerships. A National
Working Group has been established in each country made up of partner
institutions to provide support to businesses.
MSME Women entrepreneurs operating within these member
countries, are invited to apply at https://forms.gle/E5h5GrVcVrxchsyi9. This registration link will remain
open until April 27, 2023.
The better equipped our
women entrepreneurs are, the greater their impact on economic growth and
development of their families and communities.
The OAS WEE project encourages
wide circulation to all eligible women. For more information, contact the Caribbean
Project Manager, Lizra Fabien at LFabien@oas.org.
From its inception in 2020 EbA Project Partner IAMovement has engaged directly through our CBO/NGOs with the ten communities in the four implementing countries in business opportunities utilizing vetiver systems, handicraft and product development. To date the Project has engaged with more than three hundred community residents in either VS-VEEP installations and nursery operations and /or Handicraft Training.
One of our many partners IICA Antigua and Barbuda, has started a training program of 9 drone pilots here in Antigua and Barbuda. These pilots are to help with the collection of information regarding the EbA project here in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Center has
successfully completed 14 weeks of training in Community Climate Smart
Agriculture with special focus on Business, Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics.
This training sponsored by the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) focused on
the communities of the North, East Marine Management Area (NEMMA). The course
commenced on 31st May 2022 with sessions held every Tuesday –
Thursday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at GARD Center.
The latter part of the training encouraged
participants to engage in practical, hands-on training and field visits were
made to Hydroponics Farms and Backyard Gardens. The practical components also saw
persons constructing raised beds, a compost bin, and a Mini Hydroponics unit as
part of a Start-Up Kit. Additionally, participants engaged in planting seeds as
well as transplanting seedlings into raised beds as part of their practical
The Completion Ceremony for the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) was held on Wednesday 31st August 2022 at GARD Center and 8 out of 11 trainees receive certificates, a Mini Hydroponics and Backyard Garden Start-Up Kit with other complimentary tools to assist with their Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics journey.
Practical Sessions and Field Visits for Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics Class Sessions
Bowen’s Hydroponics Field Visit
SHAADE Hydroponics Field Visit
Backyard Gardening Field Visit to Mr. Osborne’s Property
Crabbs Plant Nursery Field Visit
Cleaning GARDC Hydroponics System
Exploring Types of Hydroponic Systems
Finding Donkey Manure for Raised Garden Beds
Building Raised Beds
Constructing Compost Bin Using Pallets
Planting Cuttings of Flower Plants Using Powder in Perlite
The Sandals Foundation sponsored 20 persons in Climate Smart Agriculture for Youth with Hydroponics and saw 14 successful participants who received training. The course started on 30th May 2022 and sessions were held every Monday – Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at GARD Center.
part of the training encouraged participants to engage in practical, hands-on
training. In addition, field visits were made to Hydroponics Farms and Backyard
Gardens. The practical components of the course encouraged persons to construct
raised beds and a Mini Hydroponics Unit as part of a Start-Up Kit. Another part
of the practical sessions encouraged participants to engaged in planting seeds
as well as transplanting seedlings into raised beds.
The course ended with a Completion Ceremony on Wednesday 31st August 2022 at GARD Center and the participants received a Mini Hydroponics and Backyard Garden Start-Up Kit with other complimentary tools to assist with their Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics journey.
Evening training is currently ongoing at the GARD Center in Beginners Beekeeping sponsored by the Mill Reef Fund and Climate Smart Agriculture with Business Enterprise, Hydroponics and Backyard Gardening funded by the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) and the Sandals Foundation. These training sessions are held at the GARD Center in Mercers Creek from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
During these 14 weeks of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) training, participants have been involved in Business Enterprise sessions to include Costing and Pricing, Communication & Marketing, Intellectual Property, Business Plan, Parasitology, Budding and Grafting and Vermiculture. These training courses and are now in their sixth week of training and the participants have been engaged in climate smart discussions and vibrant class sessions. As these courses progress, each participant is eagerly looking forward to more practical hands-on training and field work. In the weeks ahead, participants would also engage in Packaging and Labelling, Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics practicals along with field visits.
Group A – Sponsored by the Sandals Foundation.
Group B- Sponsored by the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG)
Marketing and Communication
Over 30 persons have shown interest in 12 weeks of training in Beginners Beekeeping of whom 25 participants are currently receiving the tools and hands-on training to prepare them to begin their apiaries. Each participant will receive the added component of Business Enterprise to include Packaging and Labelling to develop their brand and business idea. During the training participants have shown great enthusiasm in class sessions and a WhatsApp group was created to share information and ask questions to expand on their knowledge in Beekeeping. Each participant constructed their own bee frames and were outfitted with bee suits to carry out a field visit at the Urlings Primary School to remove a beehive. The bees were safely relocated to bee boxes and the honey extracted from the beehive was refined. The beeswax was used to make lip balm and other products and each participant received a sample.
12 Weeks of Training in Beginners Beekeeping sponsored by the Mill Reef Fund
Making Lip Balm with Bee’s Wax
Assembling Bee Frames
Using A Bee Smoker
Students watching as how to use the bee smoker is demonstrated.
Field Visit to Urlings Secondary School to Remove Bee Hive
Participants assisted with the removal of a bee hive from the school.
Hydroponic Programme to Strengthen Community Food Production and Livelihood
GARD Center (Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center) is a grassroot
non-profit, non-government organization which operates under the auspices of
the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA). The Center
is very pleased to announce its continuous partnership with the Sandals
Foundation through its funding of the “Climate Smart Agriculture For Youth-
the past thirty-two (32) years, the Center has been working arduously with
at-risk youth, men and women in the community to engage them in various forms
of sustainable agriculture for the 21st century.
a primary focus of raising climate smart agriculture practices amongst young
people towards long term food security, the Climate Smart Agriculture for Youth
– Hydroponic programme seeks to:
Create awareness of the present and future
threats related to climate change and agriculture.
Make youth aware of the contributions they
can make in the agriculture sector for a better future, especially through
the application of climate-smart practices in agriculture, during this
Train a total of 20 youth in hydroponics
Build the capacity of participants to
construct a hydroponic unit and provide a starter kit to include seeds,
rockwool and a water pump.
programme support forms part of the Sandals Foundation’s 40 sustainable
community projects being executed across the Caribbean to commemorate its
parent company’s 40th anniversary. Through its broad scale
investment in a number of farming and agriculture educational programmes, the
philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts seeks to strengthen the Caribbean’s food
security and livelihood opportunities.
About the Sandals Foundation
The Sandals Foundation is the philanthropic arm of
Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the Caribbean’s leading family-owned
resort company. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was created to
continue and expand upon the charitable work that Sandals Resorts International
has undertaken since its founding in 1981 to play a meaningful role in the
lives of the communities where SRI operates throughout the Caribbean. The
Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and
the environment. One hundred percent of the monies contributed by the
general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs
benefiting the Caribbean community. To learn more
about the Sandals Foundation, visit online at www.sandalsfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
partnership is in collaboration with the Agricultural Extension Division of the
Ministry of Agriculture, Inter-American Institute
for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The GARD Center will
expand its Climate Smart Agriculture programme that focuses on Hydroponics